Uniqlo, Weekday, Samsøe & Samsøe: these are just a few of the big international players that have recently settled in Antwerp. They choose Antwerp as a location to test their concept and then roll it out to the Benelux and Europe.
Antwerp has been the heart of diamond trade worldwide for more than 500 years. To exchange Antwerps experience and know-how with other diamond producing contries, the city hosts the Kimberley Process Intersessional meeting in Antwerp on June 18th 2018.
In his book Material Matters, architect and entrepreneur Thomas Rau pleads for a radical mind shift that pushes the circular economy to its extreme consequences: “we all need to become users instead of owners”.
Tech events in Antwerp are booming. Last year the city of Antwerp opened StartupVillage, several startups and corporates joined on missions to Israel and Canada, and there was the launch of Capital of Things. 2018 is also going to be a promising year.